Time for a Change...
It finally happened…
She died and for the past week I’ve been in car mourning. Is that a thing? (Nodding) I’m sure that’s a thing.
Her name was Silver and she was my PT Cruiser. Californians are known for the love they have for their vehicles. For the most part, an existence without a car in many parts of California would be too painful to endure. So the relationship we forge with our cars could be seen more as survival instinct than anything else. Anyway, Silver was showing signs of needing to be replaced, but she has been with me through thick and thin for the last seven years. She was there for me when I had an eighty-eight mile (one way) commute back and forth to work. She was there when my family and I moved cross country. It wasn’t too soon after our move we started using her for in-town travel only. Silver and I enjoyed our rides to my job where she listened in to my many phone calls. We both listened to NPR or rocked out before I left her to the elements as I worked my twelve hour shift. Through the blistering heat, rain and snow, she never let me down. She was always there waiting to get me safely home. However, nothing is forever and the time came when her retirement was evident.
I know many of you can relate to how I felt. If we look back in history one man, Henry Ford, has made sure of that.
On this day in 1908, the first production Model T Ford is completed in a factory in Detroit. From its beginning to 1927, Ford would build close to 15 million Model T cars. Before Henry’s Model T, cars were a luxury item. His basic, no fuss no muss, one trick pony modeling of the car and the decline in oil prices made cars affordable to most of the public.
However that trend ended and by the twenties many Americans wanted more than just a sturdy, affordable car. Now the trend of wanting something new and different is still alive and well, making car shopping a real pain in the butt. I knew my husband and I were on a strict budget, but that doesn’t stop your eye wandering to options that aren’t really options that should be taken.
No worries though, our practical side persevered and we found the new addition to our family. Her name is Blue and her dowry included a beautifully endowed warranty!
I’m going to miss my Silver and I’ll never forget the road adventures and memories made within her cab, but Blue is now part of my present and future memories to come… How exciting! I do wish she didn’t come with a car payment though. Pros and cons to everything, right? Happy Thursday everyone!